THE Secret to Truly Dominating the Fretboard
Many guitar players learn the fretboard notes, which is important, but
few take that next
crucial step before moving on to scales and chord construction - the
ability to relate one
to another through how they sound and how they appear on
It's the step that connects chords and scales - a concept I like to
call the "big picture" and one that builds you a solid grounding
for developing your improvisation skills - the ability to jam freely
I'm talking about intervals
- the very building
blocks of music and the variable distances between
two notes. It never ceases to amaze me how many serious players delay
or neglect this stage. Nail it early on and you'll find all
aspects of music theory so much easier to digest.
Starting with the basic fret
intervals, you'll know where to move a "half step" or "whole
step" up or down from the note you're on. You'll also understand
exactly what it means when you see a scale written in the following
format: W W H W W W H. These are all terms and symbols you'll come
across during your musical journey. Don't be left in the dark!
The next step is to combine these small intervals into larger
intervals that you'll see (and hear) referenced in both
chords and scales. This is the connection that so many overlook. A
major 3rd in a chord
connects to a major 3rd in a scale!
When soloing over chords and writing songs that flow naturally, you'll
benefit hugely from knowing this stuff.
Once you know what they are, it's time to map
intervals out on the fretboard so you can visualise
them from any position on the fretboard. Again, a massive head start if
you're interested in improvisation and being able to play confidently
with no second guessing where to put your fingers to get the sound you
And finally, bring it all together using these powerful fretboard memorization exercises to help you internalize this knowledge and
prepare you for your journey towards a greater understanding of music on guitar -
a journey that will open up your creativity, guide you
through meaningful harmony and melody and keep you from wandering unintentionally into
It should all be a heck of a lot easier now!
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